USA Rice Council

Promoting U.S.-Grown Rice at Home and Around the World

Established in 1957, the USA Rice Council brings rice farmers, dues-paying mills, and other industry members together to steer the course for domestic and international promotion.  International programs are supported in more than 20 countries and implemented through USA Rice, that leverages additional industry dollars and the support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service.  Domestic programs are designed to speed acceptance of U.S.-grown rice and tell rice’s good nutritional, economic, conservation, and sustainability story.
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Rice state promotion organizations and dues-paying mills that elect to send promotion funds to the USA Rice Council are members and allotted seats on the Board.

Board of Directors

•  The Board of Directors currently consists of forty-five directors (36 farmers and 9 millers)
      •  Number of farmer directors per state is based on a 3-year average of that state's dues.  Each rice farmer state organization selects directors to represent that state.
      •  Miller representation is also based on financial contribution.  Each contributing mill selects directors to represent that mill.
•  The members are elected to serve for a one-year term (the Chairman serves a two-year term).  
•  Meetings are held in conjunction with USA Rice Federation annual meetings.

Meet the Chairman

Marvin Cochran Presenting to Students

Marvin Cochran
Avon, MS

A third-generation farmer, Marvin Cochran grows 1,800 acres of long grain rice on the same Mississippi land on which his grandparents farmed in the 1960s.  He is a graduate of the Rice Leadership Development Program and has served on numerous rice organizations at the state and national level.  In addition to serving as the USA Rice Council Chairman, Cochran also serves on the Mississippi Rice Council, the USA Rice Farmers Board, and the USA Rice Board.

USA Rice Recent News

WASDE Report Released

Feb 08, 2018
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WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. 2017/18 rice supply and demand estimates are unchanged this month.  The projected season-average farm price for all rice is lowered 10 cents at the midpoint of the range.  The reduction is primarily attributed to lower-than-expected long-grain prices reported by NASS.

Global 2017/18 rice supplies are lowered 1.3 million tons on reduced beginning stocks and lower production.  Total world production is only down fractionally primarily on a smaller Bangladesh crop.  Exports are up 1 million tons to a record 46.8 million.  Export changes are led by a 500,000-ton increase for India and a 300,000-ton increase for Burma.  Imports are raised 800,000 tons for Bangladesh and 500,000 for Indonesia.  Total global use is raised 600,000 tons for 2016/17 but reduced 1 million for 2017/18.  For the 2017/18 marketing year, consumption is lowered 200,000 tons each for Bangladesh, Burma, and India, while it is raised 300,000 for China.  Ending stocks are down 300,000 tons but remain the highest since 2000/01.

Read the full report here.